Headline of the Day: “Taxpayers paying for sex.”
Several publications took a look at mayoral rival Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota‘s first ads of the general election season. While Mr. Lhota “takes pains to highlight the similarities between himself and his Democratic opponent,” says the New York Times, Mr. de Blasio’s effort is “an impressionistic statement of values that makes no new factual claims.”
The Nation’s Leslie Savan asks: “Will the Right Paint NYC’s Next First Lady as an ‘Angry Black Woman’?” After accusing Mr. de Blasio of being a “Marxist communist with a history of supporting terrorism,” Ms. Savan says she fears the “right-wing media” will be “sorely tempted to go after de Blasio’s wife,” Chirlane McCray, whose life story, she says, is “ripe for distortion.”
The real estate industry is already bemoaning the loss of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Brokers interviewed by the Daily News hailed the mayor’s pro-development policies, crediting him with transforming the city’s skyline. “I’m depressed at the thought that someone else will be mayor,” one broker told the paper. “I wish we could change term limits again.”
Term-limited Councilwoman Helen Foster could face confirmation problems after Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped her to become the state’s next Human Rights Commissioner. The Bronx Times suggests that Ms. Foster will be challenged by the Republican-controlled senate over her spotty council attendance record in recent years.
And a new New York Times/Siena College poll out this morning confirms Mr. de Blasio’s commanding lead over Mr. Lhota, which it puts at 68-19. “It may be too soon to say the words ‘Mayor de Blasio,’ but it doesn’t appear likely that New Yorkers are going to spend the next four years talking about decisions made by the ‘Lhota Administration,'” said pollster Steven Greenberg, warning that Mr. Lhota would need “a dramatic shift in the campaign if he hopes to close the gap, make this race competitive and have any chance of beating Bill de Blasio to become New York’s next mayor.”